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Telescopic comet Lovejoy - 28.12.2014 at 23.17 Järvenpää Observation number 32477

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Toni Veikkolainen, Keski-Uudenmaan Altair

I had decided to try to photograph the Lovejoy comet that had recently risen above the Finnish horizon in clear frost. The target was only about five degrees high and I tried to schedule my observation as close as possible to the point in time when it crossed the South Meridian.

The conditions for filming were not very glorious, as the frost worsened the effect of light pollution, especially near the horizon. However, I just managed to make the comet just appear. There were nowhere near as bright stars near the haze spot in the picture that the subject could have been confused. The spherical constellation M79 would have been less than a degree away, but it was too dim (7.7 mag) to appear in the image.

To make it easier to locate the comet, a list of some of the stars that appear nearby is attached to the image. The comet is in the picture below the letter C.

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Additional information
  • Observation target
    • Comet
  • Name of the observation target
    • C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
    • Erittäin heikosti näkyvä
  • Brightness in magnitudes
    • 6
  • Weather
    • Sumua etenkin pohjoisessa, puolikuu matalalla lännessä, -16 °C
  • Visibility of the comet
    • Telescopic comet
Technical information

Nikon D3200 + Samyang 85mm f / 1.4 @ f / 2, 2.5s, ISO 800, sharply cropped images

Comments: 3 pcs
Pekka Lähteenaro - 3.1.2015 at 22.14 Report this

Oletko nähnyt jo pyrstöä? Bongasin komeetan viime yönä parvekkeelta, mutta katuvalot ja kuu häiritsivät pahasti himmeämpien osien näkymistä.

Toni Veikkolainen - 4.1.2015 at 10.43 Report this

En ole vielä nähnyt, mutta aion yrittää, kun olen takaisin Suomessa.

Teppo Laitinen - 4.1.2015 at 13.12 Report this

Maanantai ja tiistai saattaisi säitten puolesta onnistua, jatko näyttää sitten jo normaalilta.

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